This letter of sympathy was one of a large number sent to his trainer and part owner Harry Telford after Phar Lap died in April, 1932. The Telford family retained the letters, and they were donated to the museum in the 1990s.

Physical Description

One handwritten page only. Letter incomplete as subsequent pages missing.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Phar Lap Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure, Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mrs Nancy Telford, 20 Oct 1999

  • Date Written

    12 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: To Mr. H.R. Telford/Melbourne/Dear Sir just a few lines to let you know/I am very sorry to have to express my sincere/sympathy at yur very unfortunate loss I was/broke up when the News came along, I've followed/that horse from the first race right along/& I was just waiting to see him clean up/the Americans its real hard luck that this/unfortunate unforseen circumstance should/claim him above all if you have a photo to/spare please send one over & I'll be very/grateful while on the job of writing you I have/taken a great fancy for the colt-foal with/Entreaty I tried to get him could not get the/cash so I've sent the cutting along to you./I would like Woodcock to get him if it is/possible to do so he is regarded as the best/foal since Bobby. We call him bobbie's Double/in good hands he should develop try your/luck with this chap its your lucky breed.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    24.8 cm (Length), 20.2 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

    Correspondence, Death & Mourning, Horse Racing, Horses, Racing Industry, Sport, Making History - Phar Lap